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What NOT To Ask At A Job Interview

By Lauren @BubbleJobs

As you should know by now, any normal interview will usually end with the interviewer asking if you have any questions for them. We’ve already covered what you should ask at this point (check out our ‘Interview Advice’ section, so we thought it was time to cover what you definitely shouldn’t ask.

What’s worse than drawing a total blank when asked for questions during an interview? Asking ones that will instantly put you in a bad light in the eyes of the recruiter.

So, to stop that happening, have a look at these tips on what you categorically should not ask in a job interview!

1) How Much Money Will I Get?

There’s a time and a place to talk salaries, and your interview is not one of them. Don’t bring up the subject of money unless the person interviewing you does.

This sort of attitude really puts recruiters off, and suggests you’re only interested in the money – not the actual job.

2) Can I Work From Home/Is there A Flexi-time Option?

These sort of questions are a big no-no when it comes to interviews, as it suggests you’re looking for ways to get out of the office before you’ve even started.

If you really need to discuss flexi-time or telecommuting, wait until you’ve been offered the job and are in a position to do so.

3) What Holidays Do I Get?

Similar to the last point, asking about holidays at the interview stage will present you as someone who won’t be devoted to the role and will always be looking for their next holiday or day off.

You want to appear 100% devoted to the role in hand during the interview, otherwise the simple answer is that you’re not going to get hired.

4) When Do I Get A Raise/Promoted?

Assuming you’re entitled to a raise or promotion will immediately put the hiring manager off you. In this current jobs market, it shows a lack of understanding and an arrogance that will not go down well in the workplace.

Instead of focusing on when you will get a promotion, ask how you can work for one and what the KPIs are etc. This will show that you’re interested in working hard and progressing within the business, not just reaping the benefits.

5) Do You Do Background Checks?

A less-than-perfect question to ask in an interview is if they do background checks or will look into your past in any way.

Background checks and reference checks are a standard part of the hiring process, and you asking this question just shows you have something to hide, and won’t fill the hiring manager with confidence about hiring you.

The same goes for asking about drugs tests or speaking to former employers – just don’t do it!

6) What Does This Company Do?

Any questions that suggest you are not that interested in the role are obviously not the ideal things to say in an interview.

This question shows that you haven’t done your research and don’t really care about the potential job – not exactly a great impression to make!


So there we go, some things that you absolutely, definitely shouldn’t say in an interview!

Do you agree with this advice or have any of your own – from experience or otherwise? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @BubbleJobs! 🙂


  1. Phil

    I think asking about the salary very much depends on the nature of the job you’re going for. If it’s a sales role I think it’s fine to ask what the salary is and how you would go about getting a raise. I’ve lost potential jobs on the back of not asking about the salary because they thought I wasn’t interested in working there or care about progressing.
    Also if flexi or working from home options are pertinent to you accepting a job then ask at the interview. Far better to ask and not get the job than get the job only to find you can’t work there as flexi or home working options are not available. That’s just a sure fire way to annoy a company. If flexi or home working options are not pertinent to taking the job then definitely don’t ask even if you’re interested in them, instead wait and get the job and read the terms of employment, often they include this information.

    1. Lauren Riley

      Thanks Phil – good points!

      I think the salary question depends on the interviewer, but in my experience, I’ve found asking about salary at initial interviews to be a big turn-off.

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